Fifth about The Seventh

Knives Out

Knives Out: if, as the promotional material states, Knives Out is “a” Rian Johnson whodunnit, hopefully another one will follow soon. Updating the classical formula for the time of red hats, this film is as purely entertaining as they can get (which looks easy, but definitely is not), but still retaining some choice opinions about that crowd. It may sound surprising that, with such a stacked ensemble, the main character and the standout is Ana de Armas, but she is lovely as the capable, smart, sweet, hard-working and brutally honest young woman. The whole cast is clearly having a lot of fun with the colorful characters; in particular, Daniel Craig, makes the celebrity dandy of a detective a great creation, with his unexpected accent as he goes through his funny reflections (the dialogue is fun); Chris Evans as the smooth black-sheep; Jamie Lee Curtis as the tough-as-nails successful daughter. Alas, the cast is too large to mention them all, but they all would deserve it. Production designer David Crank creates a house that is almost a character: gothic, filled to the brims with objects, noises; Jenny Eagan’s costumes also give the characters a clear visual identity that matches their personalities. Cinematographer Steve Yedlin makes good use of those, framing nicely the large tableaux and always finding a nice, unusual angle. Editor Bob Ducsay creates a nice web of flashbacks, false reveals, focus on details that will (or not) matter later; it’s a very snappy, quick-moving film.


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